Home Sweet Home – The Best Place
Cleanliness is next to godliness but Amritsar despite being
a God’s own city is one of the most polluted cities
today. Golden Temple has four entries in four directions
that are north, east, south and west. It signifies that
people of any caste or color from all directions, either
it is western countries or eastern, black or white, rich
or poor are welcome. But today industrial pollution from
all directions of the city is polluting the environment
of the Holy city.
Most dangerous are the industries placed in the northwest
and northeast direction of the Golden Temple because the
wind is mostly flowing from the northwest to southeast and
northeast to southwest, meaning at any moment of the day
polluted air is flowing over the holy city. Average wind
velocity in Amritsar is very low throughout the year. Because
of this the emission generated by the industries settles
and pollutes the city, resulting in damage to the health,
wealth and environments of the residents who are suffering
day and night without having knowledge of health hazards
being caused to them.
All concerned departments and responsible authorities are
showing no interest about the duties for which they are
being paid by government. Public’s hard earned money,
govt machinery and God-gifted neat and clean natural resources
belonging to the general innocent people are being exploited
mercilessly to hoard luxury for the few financially influential
families of the city.
The city of Taj Mahal, Agra has been given special care
to protect it from air pollution from the local industries
and Mathura refinery that is about ten kms away.
Honorable Supreme Court of India has passed strict laws
to protect Taj Mahal, a monument where a royal couple was
buried who were neither god nor saints, a monument where
tourists come without emotion and devotion for just one
visit in their lifetime for a view and a photo of Taj Mahal
in their background.
Whereas number and names of devotees visited and visiting
Amritsar for the last five centuries to pay their obeisance
to the most sacred, pious and highest religious seat of
all Sikhs is a testimonial of the immortal faith and respect
for Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Amritsar should have real time Pollution monitoring station,
and special survey should be carried out by Ministry of
Environment and Forest with the public opinion. A special
committee should be organized in the independent control
of the Central govt. Public hearing should be asked before
sanctioning of any project. National Human Rights Commission
should give priority to the existing grievances of pollution
complaints in Amritsar. Ministry of Health should conduct
an independent survey of the health of the effected. Central
ground water authority should conduct survey on the misuse
of ground water by the commercial users.
It is our moral duty to stand by to protect and guard the
environment so that we hand over to the coming generations
better environment than we have received, because Environment
and Natural resources are not a permanent asset.
Let’s pledge today that we take oath, come what may,
and promise that we will guard and save sanctity of the
holy city Amritsar and Golden temple against all materialism,
so that Amritsar remains Sarover of Amrit and Golden Temple
is always glittering and immortal.